The Importance of Having an Accident Camera

The Importance of Having an Accident Camera

A dashboard camera or an accident camera, commonly known as a ‘dash cam’ is a camcorder you have in your car that mounts onto the windscreen. The dash cam can capture almost everything in the view of the front of the car. Accident can improve your driving experience by recording a part of your drive, and their most important use comes from how they can protect you on the road by recording footage of any circumstance that puts you, or others, in danger.

Police and the general public are turning to accident camera footage to arrest people who have committed crimes. Accident cameras can easily be fitted into most motor-vehicles and can play a huge part in crimes and insurance claims.

What is better… someone’s word or actual footage?

In the past, CCTV footage has been relied on for video evidence of what has happened. Unfortunately, there are not CCTV cameras everywhere to cover every angle of the road to be used in support of claims. CCTV cameras are usually only fitted in public places like shops, restaurants and car parks, and are only purchased if the owner of the land chooses to place importance on security and safety.

On the road, vehicles are weapons. Every time you go on the road your life could be at risk. You have to be so careful with your own concentration when driving, and you have to pay an equal amount of attention to what is going around you. You cannot control how other driver’s concentrate, how fast they go, or the decisions they make.
This shows the importance of a dash cam. An accident camera can provide crucial footage to get somebody off the road who is being irresponsible. An accident camera also helps put those behind bars who have committed a crime and would get away with it without footage. They allow you to take control in situations where CCTV is not available.

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Accident cameras are so important for insurance claims as, without the evidence of other people, it can be your word against somebody else’s. If somebody was in the wrong, the chances are they won’t admit being so. This is where video footage can save you a lot of money and reward you for being safe on the road.

If more motor vehicles were fitted with accident cameras, then it is likely that we would see a reduction in the level of dangerous driving account from drink-driving and general irresponsible road-use. This is because the people committing the offences will know they have a higher risk of being caught.

There are so many benefits to an accident camera, if you are interested in the safety of those in your vehicle and other’s on the road, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. We have an extensive range of the latest technology video telematics solutions and aim to, with your help, make the road a safer place.

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At Camtrak, we aim to provide the transport industry and road users with the best camera technology to provide security and safety, for more information on our accident cameras, get in touch with us today.

New Car Sales Fall… Again – CamTrak – Accident Camera

New Car Sales Fall… Again – CamTrak – Accident Camera

The number of new cars sold in the UK fell for the fifth month in a row during August, with demand for diesel cars plunging by more than a fifth.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that there were 76,433 new car registrations last month. Which is 6.4% less than August 2016, while diesel sales fell by 21.3%.

A number of car manufacturers, including Ford, Vauxhall, Toyota, Volkswagen and Renault, have recently launched scrappage schemes, where you would trade in your old car for money off a new, cleaner car, which could result in a bump in sales in September.

On the whole, the SMMT said around 1.64 million new cars have been sold so far in 2017, down 2.4% when compared to the previous year.

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Mike Hates, SMMT chief executive said: August is typically a quiet month for the new car market as consumers and businesses delay purchases until the arrival of the new number plate in September.

“With the new 67-plate now available and a range of new models in showrooms, we anticipate the continuation of what are historically high levels of demand.”

The number of sales to private buyers was down 9.9% in August compared to last year, while fleet sales dropped 3.2%.

“August’s sharp fall in private registrations shows why dealers have suddenly launched scrappage schemes, ” said Samuel Tombs of Pantheon Microeconomics.

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However, he went on to say how he was sceptical to whether the scrappage schemes would have any lasting impact in the long run.

“In theory, these financial incentives could stem the downward trend in sales. But in many cases, the scrappage schemes replace discounts that were available to all buyers, and many owners of old cars might not be able to afford the monthly repayments for a new vehicle.

“Scrappage schemes might turbocharge sales for a few months, but low consumer confidence and deteriorating affordability due to the weak pound suggest that the mid-2010s boom in car sales has run out of mileage.”

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Electric Black Cabs – CamTrak – Accident Camera

Electric Black Cabs – CamTrak – Accident Camera

Transport for London (TfL) is spending £18 million on upgrading the capital’s power grids to charge the first generation of battery-powered black cabs.

As of the 1st January 2017, all new black cabs will have to be battery-powered electric models by law as part of the TfL’s effort to reduce toxic pollution from Diesel engines.

The cash will pay for network reinforcements to enable British Gas owner Centrica and other energy companies to install 300 rapid electric-car charging stations by 2020.

The rapid charging point can top up a car’s battery within minutes, rather than the hours it takes for conventional chargers that are currently dotted around the capital.

An initial 75 rapid chargers are due to be operational by the end of this year. While some of the sites will be exclusively for black cabs, the network will also be open to increasing the number of owners of Nissan Leafs, electric BMWs and Teslas in London.

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TfL’s director of surface strategy and planning, Ben Plowden, said: “An extensive, rapid charging network is fundamental in helping drivers make the shift from fossil fuels to electric.”

The cost of installing the chargers will fall on the companies that won a TfL tender: Bluepoint London, Centrica, Chargemasters, Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board and Fastned from the Netherlands.

Pricing has not been announced but the main existing network in the capital, Source London, would cost a Nissan Leaf driver £10.80 to fully top up with a rapid charger, plus a monthly subscription fee of £4. TfL have said that the costs to drivers would be capped for the first two years.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association expects the first electric black cabs in the capital to be on the roads by this September.

If a taxi driver currently owns a taxi that is older than 10 years old, they will be able to claim a payment from TfL of up to £5,000 later this year, towards the cost of a new zero-emissions taxi, which are currently being built in Coventry.

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New Car Registrations Fall in May – CamTrak – Accident Cameras

New Car Registrations Fall in May – CamTrak – Accident Cameras

The number of new cars that were sold in May fell 8.5% compared to May 2016, with buyers more cautious in the run-up to the general election, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has said.

According to the SMMT, there were 186,265 new cars registered in May. But sales of electrical or hybrid cars rebounded after a fall in sales in April. They now have a record 4.4% market share in the UK, the largest it has ever been.

So far in 2017, around 1.1 million new cars have been registered, around 0.6% less than the previous year.

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Chief Executive of SMMT, Mike Hawes said: “Although demand has fallen, it’s important to remember that the market remains at a very high level and with a rate of new models packed with the latest low-emission and connected technology coming to market this summer, we expect the market to remain strong over the year,”

Why the decline? – CamTrak – Accident Cameras

There are a couple of reasons why we have seen a considerable decline in the number of new cars registered in May, one of which we mentioned earlier – the run-up to the general election.

Another reason is that on 1 April the new Vehicle Exercise Duty (VED) came into force. Meaning that those considering purchasing a new car rushed to get it done before the 1st April. In March a record 562,337 new vehicles were registered as buyers rushed to beat the rise in VED.

“We expected demand in the new car market to remain negative in May due to the pull-forward to March,” Mr Hawes said.

“Added to this, the general election was always likely to give many pauses for thought and affect purchasing patterns in the short term.”

Over half of all vehicles sold in May were petrol driven, a slight increase on the previous year, whereas the sale of diesel cars had dropped by 20% from the previous year.

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Car Insurance Premiums Set To Soar – CamTrak – Accident Camera

Car Insurance Premiums Set To Soar – CamTrak – Accident Camera

The average car insurance premiums could go up as much as £75 a year because of a new government ruling, according to industry experts.

A brand new formula has been developed, that changes the way insurers calculate compensation for those who suffer long-term injuries. The Association of British Insurers are calling the decision ‘crazy’ but the Ministry of Justice insist they had no choice under the current law, but they would consult possible changes.

Shares in insurance companies fell massively, as the new change is likely to dig into their profits, potentially costing them millions of pounds.

The change is due to take place on the 20th March.

Understanding compensation – CamTrak – Accident Camera

Those who have suffered an accident will often receive compensation in a lump sum, which in serious cases is supposed to support them for the rest of their lives. But someone who is receiving that sum can actually increase it, by investing it, and getting a cash return.

So in order to be fair to insurance companies, the payout is reduced accordingly.

But the Ministry of Justice has announced that they will reduce the discount rate from 2.5% to minus 0.75%.That will result in a larger sum of money being paid out by the insurer.

The change was ordered as the formula assumes the victim would invest their money into government bonds, and by the time inflation is taken into account, real returns on these bonds have become negative.

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Who does it affect the most?

The most affected will be young drivers, under the age of 22 and older drivers who are over the age of 65. These two age groups could see their insurance go up as much as £1000 a year.

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One way in which you might be able to save a few pennies on your insurance is by having a dash cam in your car. For more information on any of our accident cameras, get in touch with us today.

Men Pay More For Car Insurance Than Women – CamTrak – Accident Camera

Men Pay More For Car Insurance Than Women – CamTrak – Accident Camera

On average, male motorists pay £101 more a year for their car insurance than women, according to a comparison website.

Men paid an average annual premium of £812 for comprehensive car insurance during the last quarter of 2016 compared, whereas women paid £711 on average, according to the comparison site, Confused.com.

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The research suggested that the gap had widened compared to this time last year.

Insurers are banned from considering gender when setting premiums but can consider wider risks.

Amanda Stretton, of Confused.com, said that insurers were becoming more astute in identifying particular accident risks, and would then price premiums accordingly.

She said that, on the whole, men drove more miles, in more advanced cars and were also more likely to drive to work than women – all of which would increase the chances of accidents occurring, which would then cause their insurance to go up.

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European rules that were introduced at the end of 2012, means insurers cannot take the gender of their customers into consideration when they are setting their insurance premiums.

Other factors can be considered but, after the new rules were introduced, men paid £27 more on average on an annual premium, according to Confused.com

This then widened to £51 two years ago before going above £100 for the first time in the last quarter of 2016.

The typical comprehensive car insurance premium is £767, rising by 16% (£95) in a year, the report said.

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